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At the William Sansum Diabetes Center we want to take the guesswork out of fun and healthy eating.
Each year, more than 550,000 residents and visitors with diabetes snack, drink and dine at our wonderful Santa Barbara establishments. With the help of a grant from the Mosher Foundation we have launched our “GuiltFreeSB” program with the goal to make Santa Barbara the world’s most diabetes-friendly destination.
Our registered dietitian has worked with our wonderful restaurant and retail partners to identify colorful and delicious meals that are nourishing and nutritious for those with diabetes. Don’t have diabetes? GuiltFreeSB menu items are great for ANYONE looking for balanced, healthy meal options!
Check out our partners and their flavorful GuiltFreeSB menu items!
|Tony Arroyo opened Los Arroyos Mexican Restaurant and Take Out in 1999 in downtown Santa Barbara. A family oriented restaurant, many of the employees have been with the company for over 10 years. Los Arroyos is honored to be a local favorite, and continues to prepare excellent homemade Mexican food from fresh ingredients every day.|
474 Calories | 31.5 grams Carbohydrates
* With shrimp, add 155 Calories
*With chicken, add 335 Calories
327 Calories | 32 grams Carbohydrates
Raja’s Con Queso
702 Anacapa Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93101
(805) 962-4416 | www.paradisecafe.com
|The Paradise Cafe has the first and only grill to use Santa Maria live oak wood in the city of Santa Barbara. Their philosophy is simple and straightforward – to take the highest quality and freshest ingredients possible, and let them speak for themselves. The staff takes great pride in the continuity of their traditions of great food, friendly service and patron loyalty.|
|Grilled Fresh Fish Tacos
570 Calories | 48 grams Carbohydrates
* omit rice when ordering
|Grilled Chicken Salad
637 Calories | 30 grams Carbohydrates
* ask for the dressing on the side and only half the cheese
Shoreline Beach Café
801 Shoreline Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 568-0064 | www.shorelinebeachcafe.com
|At Shoreline they are committed to serving you fresh, healthy ingredients, locally grown and harvested whenever possible. These include produce from local growers, seafood from local harvesters and great wines from Santa Barbara County Vintners.|
|Grilled Fish Tacos
645 Calories | 46.3 grams Carbohydrates
* order corn tortillas
|Chicken Tortilla Soup
145 Calories | 22.5 grams Carbohydrates
* order the 6 oz. cup rather than the 9 oz. bowl of soup
Armada Wine & Beer Merchant
1129 State Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93101
(805) 770-5912 | www.armadasantabarbara.com
|Tucked away in the historic San Marcos Courtyard right in downtown Santa Barbara, Armada Wine & Beer Merchant offers guests a neighborhood hangout. It is a comfortable, welcoming, and fun space to explore artisan wine & craft beer from around the globe.|
|Wines – 6 oz. pour
103 Calories | 6 grams of Carbohydrates
Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc
140 Calories | 3.7 grams Carbohydrates
Pinot Noir and Syrah
145 calories | 4 grams Carbohydrates
Beer – 17 oz. pour
3 Cheese Plate – serves 2
470 Calories | 25 grams Carbohydrates
3 Cheese Charcuterie & 3 Cheese Plate*
Jamie Slone Wines
23 E. De La Guerra Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93101
(805) 560-6555 | www.jamiesloanwines.com
|Jamie Slone Wines specializes in low production premium wines featuring Red Blends, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc and more from the best vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Visit us in our new tasting room at the Wine Collection of El Paseo, in the Presidio Neighborhood, downtown Santa Barbara.* Note: We advise people not to have alcohol on an empty stomach|
140 Calories | 3.7 grams Carbohydrates
|2012 Pinot Noir
145 Calories | 4 grams Carbohydrates
Mother Hubbard’s Restaurant
373 Ave Of The Flags, Buellton, CA 93427
(805) 688-3912 | www.motherhubbardsrestaurant.com
|A family-owned restaurant that opened in 1978, Mother Hubbard’s welcomes visitors and neighbors alike to stop in for a home cooked meal. Generous portions are enhanced by the locally sourced and organic ingredients they use. Head on over to Buellton for the extensive menu and friendly faces at Mother Hubbard’s!|
594 Calories | 33 grams Carbohydrates
Baby Burger with Fruit on the Side
538 Calories | 17 grams Carbohydrates
101 E Cabrillo Blvd, Santa Barbara, CA 93101
(805) 966-2112 | www.sbfishhouse.com
|Located on Santa Barbara’s pristine waterfront, the Santa Barbara FisHouse offers some of the central coast’s finest fresh seafood. Situated on Cabrillo Blvd across from East Beach and Stearns Wharf, the Santa Barbara FisHouse is a perfect destination for ocean-side dining, offering patio seating by an open fire pit.|
503 Calories | 37 grams Carbohydrates
Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese
|Pan Roasted Chicken
510 Calories | 26 grams Carbohydrates
Mesa Verde Restaraunt
1919 Cliff Drive, Santa Barbara, CA 93109
(805) 963-4474 | www.mesaverdesb.com
|Mesa Verde restaurant is Santa Barbara’s new destination for a cuisine inspired by Chef & Painter Artist Greg Arnold filled with flavors for every taste.|
|Regular Dough Spanish Pizza
1,025 Calories | 120 grams Carbohydrates
BLTA Flatbread Sandwich
432 Calories | 71 grams Carbohydrates
*split dish and match with a fried egg
Outer Aisle Gourmet
2615 De La Vina Street, Santa Barbara, CA. 93105
You can buy OAG products at Whole Foods, Isabella Gourmet,
or online at www.outeraislegourmet.com
|Outer Aisle Gourmet is a Santa Barbara-based business that is dedicated to recreating traditional high-carb food favorites with nutrient-dense vegetables. Our veggie sandwich thins and veggie pizza crusts, made primarily with cauliflower, are naturally free of gluten, grains and nuts|
|Veggie Sandwich Thins
40 Calories | 2 grams Carbohydrates
|Veggie Pizza Crust
100 Calories | 5 grams Carbohydrates
Take a stroll up State Street to visit these popular sites and burn a few calories at the same time.
A Stearns Wharf:
This is Santa Barbara’s number one tourist spot! On Stearns Wharf you can find specialty shops, restaurants, marine life at the Sea Center, and a beautiful view of the harbor. Take a walk to the end of the wharf and you can say hello to some local pelicans.
The harbor is where you can rent SUP (stand-up paddle) boards and kayaks to cruise alongside the boats. You can find some great local seafood at the restaurants here and visit the popular Maritime Museum. You can also take a walk out on the jetty—watch out for big waves!
C Funk Zone:
The Funk Zone is a unique and eclectic mix of artisan shops, art galleries, eateries, tasting rooms, and microbreweries. It is a quick 5 minute walk from the wharf to this hip neighborhood so sit down for a bite to eat or sip on local wines.
D Paseo Nuevo:
Paseo Nuevo is a beautiful place to shop, dine, and watch a movie. This never too busy Spanish-style outdoor shopping center, off of State Street, is a relaxing place to stroll, people watch, and enjoy downtown Santa Barbara.
E Santa Barbara Museum of Art:
5,000 years of world art and first class exhibits wait for you inside this recently renovated building. Be sure to stop at the Museum Art Store where you‘ll find great gifts for both adults and kids. The food is also great!
F Santa Barbara Mission:
The Old Mission Santa Barbara is an iconic destination for many locals and tourists. Here you can take a tour to learn about how Santa Barbara began back in 1786
G CVS Health:
CVS is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized experience, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. They provide expert care and innovative solutions in pharmacy and health care that are effective and easy for their customers.
H Presidio Neighborhood
The Presidio Neighborhood is a cultural treasure in downtown Santa Barbara. It is filled with a mix of shops, wine tasting rooms, delicious restaurants, and historical details. http://www.presidioneighborhoodsb.com.
GuiltFreeSB Restaurant Partners
Work out at the Mission with Jenny Schatzle and Sansum Diabetes Center!
Come workout at De La Guerra Plaza with Jenny Schatzle & William Sansum Diabetes Center
Come workout at the SB Courthouse with Jenny Schatzle and WSDC
Work out at the beach with Jenny Schatzle and Sansum Diabetes Center
For more help on how to travel safely with diabetes, check out our sister site diabetestravel.org.
Cocktails, Wine, and Beer
On vacation many of us like to let loose and kick back a few drinks. In Santa Barbara you can find everything from a high end malt whiskey to a 007 martini – shaken not stirred of course. To be safe, if you use insulin, please remember:
Hanson of Sonoma Organic Vodka is a family owned, small batch, award winning Vodka Company based out of Sonoma, CA. They use organic grapes and organic ingredients to make a vodka unlike any other. Each of their vodka expressions are infused with real, healthy, certified organic fruits and vegetables. They take pride in how REAL and FRESH the vodkas taste. It is perfect in a mixed drink, or on the rocks.
Here are a few guilt-free, delicious, and diabetes-friendly recipes that you can try!
1 basil leaf + ¼ tsp Agave nectar, muddled
One quarter-size slice fresh ginger
Join our GuiltFreeSB ‘Meetup’ group.
Follow Jessica as she exemplifies the endless possibilities of diabetes + exercise in Santa Barbara: